Tensions boil over in Barcelona after Madrid imposes direct rule on the region

Behind The News

Violence erupted on the streets of Barcelona last night after Spain’s prime minister sacked the Catalan government shortly after the region declared independence.

Unionists clashed with separatists as thousands of Catalans took to the streets and a pro-independence radio station was attacked with journalists forced to barricade themselves inside.

It is feared a further descent into violence could be triggered if Catalonia’s separatist executive refuses to step down or the police force fail to take orders from Madrid.

The prime minister has stripped Catalonia’s most senior police officials of their powers, including the force’s leader, and called snap local elections…

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